The Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory

University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Engineering and Applied Science

Boulder, Colorado

The 33,000 SF Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory (ITLL) is an undergraduate teaching laboratory. The dominant force shaping the building's interior was the development of a progressive educational program designed to teach engineering by "doing" rather than studying abstract concepts. The building was developed to support an open-lab teaching environment for self-paced, interdisciplinary group studies. Teams of complementary engineering disciplines work together in lab modules, supported by a classroom that permits faculty spontaneous instruction. Freshmen occupy the upper-level classrooms with circulation and break-out study/socialization areas overlooking the open laboratory below. Here they are introduced to how they will learn when they are sophomores, further stimulating their interests in engineering. The building contains a laboratory, and is itself a laboratory; 200 gauges allow students to monitor the building's performance. The ITLL's exterior is a response to the Boulder campus architectural vernacular established by architect Charles Klauder and the college's architectural character. The design solution also included a link that connects the facility to the existing Engineering Center and includes group study rooms scheduled by students. klipp, a division of gkkworks, provided architectural services for this project.

Recipient of the Award of Excellence, American Concrete Institute, Rocky Mountain Chapter; and the Honor Award for Engineering Excellence, American Consulting Engineers Council of Colorado.

 

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